The City of Industry, Culture and Intercommunion Nurtured by Greenery and the Black Current
Nichinan is located in the southern part of Miyazaki Prefecture. The Nichinan Coast was designated as a National Park in 1955. In 1977, Obi, regarded as a Little Kyoto, was designated as a Preservation District for Groups of Historic Buildings for the first time in Kyushu. Stepping into Obi, it might feel as if one is going back in time a couple of hundred years to the Edo period by finding old samurai residents with traditional hedges and stone walls covered with moss. Visitors might not be surprised in this nostalgic atmosphere if samurai suddenly appeared from behind the prestigious Yakui-mon Gate! In Nichinan, there are Benko Ikada river boats made from Obi’s cedar which float down the Horikawa Canal past Udo Jingu Shrine, situated halfway up a cliff facing the wild Hyuga Sea. Also, the city is known as the home town of Jutaro Komura, a diplomat from the Meiji period, who played a major role when the Treaty of Portsmouth was concluded.
Sightseeing Highlights in Nichinan
Obi Castle Ruins
This castle is a reminder of the 84-year history of battling between the Ito and Shimazu Clans.
This is a warrior’s typical traditional house in Obi with a beautiful garden view which borrows Mt. Atago’s scenery.
Some 230 important historical documents and materials are conserved and exhibited.
Shintoku-do Shogunate School
This is an old local school run by the Tokugawa shogunate where Jutaro Komura, a diplomat in the Meiji period, and Shohei Ogura studied.
International Center Komura Memorial Hall
To commemorate Komura’s work, some of his relics and related documents are displayed.
Important Annual Events in Nichinan
Japanese Lobster Festival
Visitors can savor a freshly-caught Japanese Ise Ebi lobster at the time of the fishing opening season.
Hanadate Park Cherry Blossom Festival
The authentic view of some 10,000 Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms can be enjoyed. Night-time cherry blossom viewing is also worth experiencing and many events will be held during the festival time.
Aburatsu Harbor Festival
There is short voyage tour on a navy ship for tourists and a big firework festival will be held, too. About 50,000 people come and join the festival over two days.
Obi Castle Town Festival
Commemorating the restoration of Obi Castle, local folk entertainments are scheduled to be performed under the theme of “Inherit the Graceful Local Culture for the Future.”
Traditional Crafts of Nichinan
Obi Sugi Japanese Cedar Craft
Accessory box and small chest, flower vase and tableware made with Obi’s cedar wood are masterpieces made by skilled artisans.
Food & Specialties of Nichinan
Shochu Distilled Spirit
A fresh flavored sweet potato Shochu made using strictly selected ingredients produced in a traditional way.
Nichinan is known as the #1 city of national fish catches of Katsuo, or bonito, caught by a single pole-and-line fishing method. Aji Japanese horse mackerel and Ise Ebi lobster are also in abundant supply. Enjoy the delicious variety of sea products.
You can savor the earliest harvested rice in Japan “Koshi Hikari” brand, an organically grown Ponkan, a big sized orange and Hyuga summer orange.
This is tempura made with minced fish and black sugar.
Japanese Thick Omelet
An old local food in Nichinan since the Edo period. Egg is beaten well and seasoned with condiments then carefully cooked until it becomes very thick.
Roasted Katsuo Bonito Topped on Rice
Fresh Katsuo (bonito) caught by a single pole-and-line fishing are dipped in two kinds of savory sauces and then grilled with charcoal. Perfect match with plain rice.
Minced flying fish is used as dough for udon noodles. It is low calorie and high in protein. Enjoy the perfect fish-based broth.
Nichinan produces the highest number of Sweet Pea flowers in Japan.
- Obi Station on JR Nichinan Line
- Miyazaki Prefecture Nichinan City Tourist Information Center
- URL： http://www.kankou-nichinan.jp/